Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Demand Justice for Illegally Detained Haitian in Bahamas

During an immigration raid in the Bahamas, a Haitian national was shot in the back of the neck, allegedly by an immigration official. Though he, Jean Marie Julien, was acquitted of illegal entry into the Bahamas, he remains in a detention center where his lawyers fear he will be tortured and mistreated. The shooting also was never investigated. Amnesty International calls on you to demand justice for Mr. Justilien.

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BAHAMAS: UNLAWFULLY DETAINED MIGRANT AT RISK: JEAN MARIE JUSTILIEN

Amnesty International

December 4, 2015

Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was shot in the back of the neck during an immigration raid in June 2015, and detained and charged with illegal entry into the Bahamas. On 2 December he was found not guilty, but was transferred to Carmichael Road Immigration Detention Centre where he remains deprived of his liberty. He is at risk of ill-treatment and needs urgent medical attention.

Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was arrested in June 2015 during an immigration raid on Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas. During the raid he was shot from behind, allegedly by an immigration official. An official medical report states he was shot in the back of the neck with an exit wound to the left cheek, and suffered various other injuries to his legs and elbow. According to media reports, authorities alleged Jean Marie Justilien attempted to disarm an officer, however, no such charges were brought against him. The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) publicly called for an independent investigation into the shooting. To date no independent investigation has been conducted, but Jean Marie Justilien’s lawyers have sued for assault and battery.

 

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